movement of life

 

salmon flash upstream

an urgency to breed

eggs float underwater

 

seed coat splits open

sprout pierces into light

leaf nodes bulge green

 

ripe chrysalis rips gentlyIMG_5294

wet monarch emerges

stretches sticky wings

 

moment of conception

multiple cell divisions

quickening in her womb

 

strong uterine contractions

now little hooves appear

cow licks fresh calf

 

mare wickers softly

new foal stands wobbly

searching for teat

 

chubby babe rolls over

sits up with support

takes first steps to daddy

 

 


Linking to dVerse poetics where Amaya invites us to write about movement…

disappointment’s questions

 

cow pushes

hard, long

granddaughters

come along

to witness birth of calf

girls interested in kittens

already few weeks old

realize something wrong

in birth canal – nose, one hoof

show but never second foot

leg bent unnaturally

cannot push out

(naturally)

must pull

stillborn

 


Unfortunately, this was our experience yesterday…linking quadrille to dVerse.

shimmer of life

 

flashlight searches cattle herd

shines on curly white forehead

 

newborn calf, wet in moonlight

cow’s warm tongue licking clean

 

baby rides shiny cart to barn

gleam of mama’s watchful eyes

 

colostrum drips from suckled teat

sheen of pitchforked straw

 

farmer’s smile shimmers thankful pride

 


Joining dVerse poets for Victoria’s quadrille (44 word) “shimmer” challenge.